How to Handle and Manage Different Types of WordPress Web Design Clients
Tips, clients, design, manage, Web, Wordpress
Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:24:43 +0000
The client that you choose to take on defines you. Most of the problems in work can be avoided by taking the time to choose a client carefully. This means, you should know what you want out of your client relationships. Psychological approach is an effective strategy that can be used to read your clients’ personality. This is not an easy process when you are starting out. You will hear all kinds of advice about choosing a client but it really takes time and experience to make it good. So in today’s post, you will learn the different types of WordPress Web design clients. I will share my views about handling and managing each one. Here it goes: Type 1 – Always in a hurry This type of client wants you to be available at the moment’s notice. They are usually anxious and don’t really know what they need. They want you to make a ‘best in the world’ website, but want you to complete it by tomorrow. These clients’ don’t have any idea about the work that is on their part for making the website complete. They will want you to read their minds and get it done as soon as you can. How to Handle: Try to never give a guarantee regarding timelines to such type of clients. Be ready for any last minute revisions. Keeping your original layered design unbroken is a good idea because it will allow you to easily refine and modify it afterwards. Type 2 – Wants everything ‘simple’ This type of client doesn’t think about the work and money required to add additional features to the website. They will often say ‘I want a really simple website’ but ‘simple’ is far from what they want you to make. They will ask you questions like: Can you build a forum and quizzes so I can engage with visitors on site? Can you get orders from WooCommerce purchases sent to my in-store POS system? How to Handle: You need to give them an exact figure of how many dollars they will need to pay for getting it done. Tell them when the project gets too big, it can cause the website to slow down. If you are keeping elements in small size, they will go faster. Type 3 – The client who never reads This type of client will not read emails, look at the examples you send, and open the attachments. They will answer a simple ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to your question, which could be interpreted in multiple ways. They don’t really know what they want, so they find it difficult to answer your questions. Also, they will get stressed when you send them too much work to read. How to Handle: For starters, you should shorten your emails and give them small tasks to do. But before you proceed with your task, get a final ‘go-ahead’ from them in written form. They may blame you if they don’t like something in the website later on. Type 4 – The Control Freak This type of client wants to manage every detail of the project regardless of the qualifications. No decisions will be made until a personal stamp of approval is given. Expect that your workflow will be constantly disturbed. The reason? These clients may believe that you lack dedication, therefore, they need to control your work. YOu can hear statements like ‘I know what is best for the project and what is not’. ‘I am the only one keeping the project on track’. How to Handle: Making an argument with these clients will drain you for sure. You need to think what’s best for you here. Do you want to drop the project? Or do you want to please the clients, do as they say, collect the paycheck and move on? Type 5 – The Perfect Client These clients will be the best one to have. They end up with making the best websites too, because they let you do your work. They will value your role and the creative contributions that you have put in building their WordPress sites. These clients are timely with payments and responses. They will put their full confidence in your abilities so that you work trouble free. How to Handle: The only thing you need to handle here is the communication, really! Everything will go the way you thought it will. Hang on to these clients as they are rare to find. Conclusion Everything that we discussed comes down to ‘communication’. If your contract is clear about all the expectations that your client can have from you, it will avoid any confusion between both. Feel free to give your opinions in the below comment section. PS Excerpt In the WordPress field, you will encounter different types of clients. But the ability to handle those clients is what defines you. Here are some of clients that you will come across!
8 Great Background Noise Generators
Applications, background, benefits, coffee shop, generators, noise, productivity, work
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 05:01:58 +0000
When it comes to working and getting things done, traditional belief leads most people to think that silence is key. Noises are what distract individuals from their work and prevent them from accomplishing the things they need to accomplish. However, more and more tests reveal truths quite opposite to this conventional way of thinking. Although too much noise can certainly be distracting, silence is not the answer either. So where does the answer lie? The answer is quite simple: background noise. In fact, the answer is so simple it benefits us in ways we don’t even realize. As the nature of background noise goes, it’s so subtle that we may not even notice its effects, even when under our noses, or rather, under our ears (so to speak). After all, it’s no wonder why coffee shops like Starbucks are so successful. Being able to sit in a coffee shop for hours is a concept quite new to cafes, and although the majority of the appeal has to do with not being thrown out of the shop, being able to do whatever you like, including working on the computer, may be the bigger pull. For many people, coffee shops such as Starbucks have become the office away from home, and, as science suggests, it is entirely connected to the power of background noise. In public places such as these, background noise is at such a level that it provides just the right amount of distraction to the worker, and may in turn be the reason why, if even on a subliminal level, working in such coffee shops is so popular. More specifically, such background noise markedly enhances creativity. If you want the sort of benefits background noise can give, you don’t have to be in a coffee shop. There are many background noise generators, and here are eight that we think provide the most value. Iserenity.com iSerenity is a website with ambient tracks you can listen to. The website consists of only one page, with a simple white interface. All you need to do to listen to a track is click on the link. If you open the links in multiple tabs, you can layer as many sounds as you like. Rainycafe.com Rainycafe is a one page website that includes two toggles: one for a café track, and another for a rain track. You can toggle both at the same time, and adjust the volume of each. Noisli.com Noisli is a fantastic background noise generator with a uniquely simple interface. All you need to do to access the different sounds is to scroll down, but instead of letter descriptions, you see symbols. These symbols are universal symbols for items we have all come to understand as water, fire, forest, wind, etc. Multiple tracks can be played at once, and the volumes of each can be altered with ease. It is also available in the App store. Raining.fm When you reach raining.fm, you are prompted with a dialogue box that asks if you would like access to more rain sounds, followed by a name and email type boxes. This can be easily “x-ed” out of. Slightly more complicated than the other generators mentioned above, raining.fm includes a colorful 2D grid interface with three options: rain, rain with a light thunder, and rain with a heavy thunder. To activate these, click the related symbol on the right. Volume controls are available, as well as a timer you can set that will determine how long they will play. All three sounds can be layered to the user’s liking. Mynoise.net MyNoise’s noise machines are encompassed by an extensive library of background ambient tracks for the user to choose from. The sounds are separated in categories. Clicking on a sound brings you to another tab with the related sound. Similar to Noisli, Mynoise also has an app. Simplynoise.com Simply Noise is a site that automatically starts playing noise. The controls for this noise are at the top of the screen. The user can choose from white noise, pink noise, and brown noise. Simply Noise has an app you can purchase from the App Store for just one dollar. Their web version also has a download section where users can pay for tracks. Ambient-mixer.com Ambient Mixer is an online library filled with many ambient tracks uploaded by different users. The tracks are displayed with beautiful thumbnails in a grid format. Many of the names for the tracks are creative, such as “A Sailing Ship on a Stormy Day” and “Fantasy Town”. Most of these tracks allow you to adjust the volume of any of their different layers. Ambianceapp.com Ambiance app is another online library application filled with ambient tracks, and all of them are available on an array of devices, including iPhone, iPod, iPad, Android, and desktop. There are more than 3,500 free sounds you can choose from. The site does not have the sounds, but instead ways to download them to your device.
Find What Matters: Creating a Purpose for Your Life
Self Development, analyze, genius, life, passion, purpose, Tips
Mon, 15 Sep 2014 05:08:23 +0000
If you find yourself at a crossroads and are unsure of your life’s purpose; do not fret. After all, understanding ourselves is one of the most difficult things in life. It is important to remember that because we are always changing, the path to self-awareness, enlightenment, and acceptance often need to be retaken and reexamined. Life comes with its challenges, and even if you may be having a difficult time, there is always hope. Analyze Yourself The first thing you should do before you strive to find your own purpose is to analyze yourself. Spending time alone is essential. If you are not happy with something in your life, identify it. If you are happy with at least something in your life, identify it too. It is prudent to write all of these things down. Once you have a list, try to pick up on tendencies. Do you tend to put yourself down? Do you notice that you place a lot of your happiness on the expectations or believed expectations of others? Separate Yourself From Others There are important people in our lives. There are also the mind frames created by larger entities (such as culture or religion) that can play a huge factor in your life. However, these things should not rule you or define your purpose. Your purpose cannot depend on anything exterior to you. Identify that these things do not concern you when it comes to your purpose. Find Your Passions Once you are in this mind frame and are more aware of how you have lived your life, it is time to discover what makes you happy, and what things about you are unique and special. Write down a list of activities or subjects or anything in the world that brings you joy. The things that make you truly happy in life are your passions. These are most important in order for one to live a life full of purpose. This could be all that you need to figure out what it is you should be doing to give you satisfaction. Find Your Urge Write down another list involving the people you look up to and admire. Although it is necessary that you separate yourself from others, this separation is only bad when the dependency is based off of expectations and fear. When these connections inspire, they are crucial to keep close to you. This is because the people we admire have accomplishments or traits you would either like to achieve or adapt as your own. This is a non-conformist tactic when and only when doing these things satisfies your mind, body, and soul. Do not try to imitate because of fear. To live a life of passion, everything must feel genuinely you as well. Once you assume this, write down why you admire the people you do, and what about them you feel would satiate your being. Find Your Genius You have many remarkable traits you may not be aware of. In another list, name all of the things in your life that have come easily to you. These may just be personality traits. Chances are you may have taken these traits for granted. When you find out what your great traits are, use them in your everyday life to get you ahead in all your areas of life. These traits are things that you use effortlessly while many others cannot. If you are a good speaker, for example, awareness of it will be helpful to you at the work place, at relationships, and more. Awareness will give you more confidence and will in turn give you a stronger sense of self. Begin To Accomplish Keep all of the lists mentioned above and complete one task everyday. If what you accomplish exhilarates you and brings you happiness, then you are on the way to finding your purpose. If it brings you dread, or makes you tired, rethink your path and try new things. Incorporate more of these passions, urges, and geniuses, and soon enough, your life purpose will unfold. Tips Finding your purpose is rarely simple, but when you find it, it will bring you the utmost satisfaction, passion, and joy. This is no over-night process. Take your time and be easy on yourself. Eventually, you will find just the thing you are meant to do. Remember to never give up! While it is true that we may have family, friends, and other loved ones to count on, it can be easy to forget that we are all that we have. You have the power to change your life. It is never too late to begin anew, nor is it too late to alter your path. Humans change: that’s a good thing. Life would be pretty boring with out it. Good luck with your journey!
10 Valuable Business Lessons I Learned From Jeff Bezos
Business, entrepreneurship, lessons, life, Sucess, technology
Fri, 12 Sep 2014 05:54:36 +0000
If you know anything about Jeff Bezos, you know that he is an extraordinary man. He, a technology entrepreneur, is the founder and CEO of Amazon.com, as well as the owner of The Washington Post newspaper. He is also ranked as the 20th wealthiest person in the world with an estimated 30.2 billion net worth, and has been thus ranked as the second best CEO by Harvard Business Review, after the late Steve Jobs of Apple, of course. Jeff Bezos has led the world in a strong and unforgettable direction with his accomplishments, and is clearly an expert in business. I have learned quite a number of things from him that I feel the need to share. The Two-Pizza Rule Despite Amazon’s large size, Jeff Bezos believes that working units should fit under the Two-Pizza Rule, meaning that the number of people working towards a task should be able to be fed with two pizzas. This, often, works out to be about 5-7 people. The idea behind this thought process is that the working groups should not be too small to overwhelm workers and prevent the work from being completed, but they should not be too large either. Large groups can become inefficient. Have nice sized groups, and your business shall be successful. Think Long Term Something that I have found to be very interesting is the fact that Jeff Bezos is one of the few successful CEOs who is not obsessed about their quarter revenues. When asked, he could not place a specific number on the money they had made that quarter, a fact rare for CEOs. He could not think of the current numbers because he was already thinking of what was next. Obsess About Customers Too many companies focus on how to make more money. While moneymaking is a business’s initial reason to exist, it’s the customers you want satisfied. Be honest and look out for the best interest of the customers, and their loyalty will earn you back enough money. Instead of being sought after, have the money be a bonus. Be Based On “The-Things-That-Don’t-Change” Strategy Another thing I learned from genius Jeff Bezos is to hone in on the things that do not change, and create your business strategy from that. While looking into the future can be inventive, doing it to project how the company should change is not effective. Not enough people ask about the things that don’t change. For example, having fast service and low prices are bound to never change. Promise these two things to your customers, and you won’t have to worry about how the company should alter itself. Avoid Regret Jeff Bezos makes an effort to be motivated to do something based on the possibility of regret. If you have a fear about a business decision and feel hesitant to do it, think about whether or not you would regret not doing it, and wonder about it later. If this is the case, the only choice you do have is to act. Charge Less Companies have the urge to charge people more to gain more revenue, but as Jeff Bezos argues, it is better that you have satisfied customers. If prices are raised, many customers will feel angry, used, and worse: that the company is not looking after them. Raising prices may initially earn you more money, but it will ultimately cause you to lose revenue due to lost customers. Be Flexible and Stubborn It is true that being flexible and stubborn is an oxymoron. But as in the case of Jeff Bezos, being an oxymoron may be the only way to be. As he states, “We are stubborn on vision. We are flexible on details”. He carried on to say that if “you’re not stubborn, you’ll give up on experiments too soon. And if you’re not flexible, you’ll pound your head against the wall and you won’t see a different solution to a problem you’re trying to solve.” This seems like the perfect temperament solution to me. Imitate While trying new things, especially with the idea that your business is revolutionizing the world in some way, is a good thing, build on those thoughts with things that are known to currently work. Make History Many people, myself included, may look at a grand person such as Jeff Bezos and think that what he has accomplished has landed him the right to retire. He thinks that, as successful as Amazon is, it is still on its first chapter. Think of where your company will be the long run to truly make it last. Word of Mouth is King In the digital age, it has become easier and easier to self-promote and push your business. Having said that, it makes it no easier for people to decide you are the one they want to check out. More opportunity means more opportunity for everyone else as well, and your voice can be drowned out. This is why I agree with Jeff Bezos in that in the digital age, word of mouth is more important than ever before. Get people to talk about your product (and/or service), and you will truly have success. Conclusion I hope this article has inspired you. You don’t need to be a CEO of a massive company to implement these valuable lessons. I believe just about any entrepreneur, artist, designer, and every other creative can learn from him. Good luck!
20 Simple Tips That Will Dramatically Improve Your Writing
Blogging, advice, improve, reddit, simple, Tips, writing
Thu, 11 Sep 2014 06:00:01 +0000
Knowing what separates good writing from bad writing is a challenge that every author faces at one time or another in his or her career. With an overwhelming amount of advice available on how to improve writing, it can be hard to decipher what is truly helpful. Below are the top twenty pieces of advice on how to improve writing from Reddit users. 1. Read your work out loud.When we read our work out loud, we might hear things that don’t sound right that we wouldn’t have noticed if we had only done our editing in our heads. This advice comes from Esvadude. 2. Vary the length of your sentence. Originally said by Gary Provost, Jglusk, reiterates that by varying the length of your sentences, you create rhythm and flow. If each sentence is the same length, the reader gets bored and the story drones on monotonously. Readers need a variety of sentences so that they are engaged without getting lost in too many details. 3. Don’t use “thought” words. This advice comes originally from Chuck Palahniuk posted by Gabrielle1106. Many writers have the tendency to tell the reader what is happening in a story instead of showing it. In this article, readers are encouraged to forget saying things like “Mary was worried,” and replace it with, “Mary paced around the wrong, wringing her clammy hands as her eyes darted incessantly at the slow-moving hands of the clock.” As Palahniuk puts it, writers should “unpack” their sentences and describe the actions of the characters instead of writing about their thoughts. 4. Don’t hold back. Originally a list of 8 writing tips by the late, great Kurt Vonnegut, IdenticalThings shared this information. The basic message behind this list is not to hold back. In the repost, Vonnegut encourages writers to start as close to the end as possible and give as much information as possible as soon as possible. The main idea behind this advice is that each sentence should have a purpose to either reveal information or advance the plot. This list focuses mainly on what readers are looking for. Writers should write for only one person but use the time of a stranger in such a way that they don’t feel it is wasted. A good way to do this is to give the reader at least one character they can root for and to make every character want at least one thing, even if it is just a glass of water. Vonnegut also encourages writers to be sadists; characters must face hardships and either overcome them or die trying. It is the only way they will know their true strength. 5. Avoid using an adverb after she/he said in dialogue. Credited to Wrath4771, the dialogue itself should convey the intent behind it and shouldn’t require an adverb. If your dialogue requires adverbs to convey the meaning or intent, it isn’t clear enough. Try reading the dialogue out loud and if the meaning doesn’t come across, it may need to be reworded. 6. Don’t use words unless you know what they mean. Western_eye tells writers that if they have to guess the meaning of a word, they shouldn’t be using it. Too often we understand a vague notion of a word without understanding what it actually means. This is dangerous in writing as it could mean the difference between a character ogling a pretty woman and mooning over her. 7. Develop your characters. It’s tempting to write only about perfect, flawless characters who go through and come out of each and every situation gracefully, but this creates a boring, static story, according to Redvixenx. Try to give them room to grow or you will find yourself without room to write. 8. Brevity. Simply stated by Thencaapawardgoesto brevity goes a long way. Readers have a short attention span and you will lose them with too much detail. Try to be as concise as possible while still moving the story along. If you don’t need a description or an action, don’t use it. It will weigh the story down and turn the reader off. 9. Think of a skirt- long enough to cover the important things but short enough to keep things interesting from Furby_furb. When writing on a certain topic, there’s a balance between too much detail and not enough. The writer must convey the most important parts of the topic without going into too much detail, effectively losing the reader. All points should be made with the fewest words possible while still giving all information. 10. Type a good book. When you are stumped and cant’ seem to produce anything, try typing out one of your favorite stories, says Nernmau5 . This allows you to get a feel for the flow and rhythm of a well written story and will help you create one of your own. 11. Don’t procrastinate. Surpassing_disasters Many people allow themselves to be overwhelmed by how much there is to do and often don’t know where to begin. The most important thing a writer can do is to begin. You can always go back and edit or change things around but you can’t do anything if you don’t first get started. 12. Read. Fusepark One of the most important things you can do to improve your own writing is read the work of other writers, especially those that have a writing style you want to emulate. 13. Write what you don’t know. Most people are told to write only about things they know very well but really good writing comes from pushing your comfort zone and writing about things that you don’t know or understand. It forces you to reach out and immerse yourself in a different point of view. 14. Be original. Don’t use a word, phrase, simile, etc that you are used to seeing in print. If you are already used to it, it means that your readers are also likely used to it. You don’t want to bore your readers with the same things they have been reading until it is familiar. You want to excite them and introduce them to something new. Benbobfoshore 15. Try short exercises to overcome writer’s block. SometimesImSadToo Try doing exercises such as listing ten nouns in one column and ten abstract words in another column in order to come up with new metaphors. If nothing else, just keep writing. In order to write something good, you have to write a lot of bad in between. 16. Keep a journal. Urmotherismylover Whenever you read something profound, a quote you like, etc copy it by hand into a notebook. The effect is more lasting than simply copy and paste on a computer and it engages your brain which allows you to emulate the things you are writing down. 17. Proofread. This is usually a writer’s least favorite step but it is so important. TheSportsGuy23 many people get so caught up in writing that they lose miss mistakes or inconsistencies in their work. Proofreading is essential to writing better. After all, all good writing is really just rewriting. 18. Don’t edit as you go Notannieagain It’s tempting to correct a sentence or reword an awkward phrase while you are still writing but it disrupts the flow of your idea. Just get it all down first and go back later to rewrite it. 19. Study. Dystopianpark Boring people write boring things. Study as many topics as possible as often as possible. The more you know, the more your characters and your story will know. 20. Learn how to break up paragraphs. Sirisian Many people arbitrarily break up their work into paragraphs without really understanding that each paragraph creates a flow and a rhythm. Don’t just end a paragraph because it looks too long. Make sure it’s a good place in the story for a break.